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The IPN becomes the first Leibniz institute to be awarded a permanent certification by the Berufundfamilie Service GmbH for family friendly work policies

31. May 2017

For many years now, the IPN has been fostering an environment of work/life balance for its employees.

In 2006 the IPN was awarded its first certificate of accomplishment for a family friendly work environment by the Berufundfamlie Service GmbH. Since then, the institute has been audited every three years to ensure it maintained this high standard. On June 1, 2017, after four audits, the IPN received a permanent certificate, making it the first Leibniz Institute to achieve this award.

In recent years the IPN has initiated and implemented numerous measures to foster a family friendly work environment like the day care facility IPN-Sprotten. This on-site facility was established in August 2013 and provides care for five children under the age of three. Measures like this and many others ensure that young scientists can continue to pursue their careers at the IPN while also becoming parents. These measures are bonuses when attracting highly qualified young researchers to work at the IPN, and thus benefitting the institute as well.

For a research institution, a family friendly policy in human resources is particularly important, since each time a young scientist can’t return to their job because parenthood and work are not compatible, valuable know-how is lost, states Olaf Köller, Managing Scientific Director at the IPN.

The audit berufundfamilie is the central function of the berufundfamilie Service GmbH, which is an initiative of the non-profit Hertie-Foundation. The audit supports employers in the implementation of HR policies that create a family friendly work and study environment. An independent panel of renowned representatives of industry, science, politics, and various organizations decides on awarding and extending the certificate of the berufundfamilie Service GmbH.

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